For certain finger injuries such as sprains, you may need to hold the affected joint of the finger straight so it heals properly. Here’s a simple technique for taping an injured finger to hold it straight.
This taping technique limits movement of middle joint of the finger (proximal interphalangeal, or PIP joint) by preventing it from bending. It is straightforward to perform and requires only zinc oxide tape. However, it can be fiddly to tape your own fingers so you may need someone to do it for you.
- 1.25cm Zinc Oxide Tape
- Scissors (optional)
Step 1: Hold the hand and fingers out with the back of the hand up. With the zinc oxide tape, circle the finger once just above the PIP joint as pictured. The tape does not need to be tight.
Step 4: Cross the PIP joint again from the other direction, so that the zinc oxide tape crosses itself directly on top of the knuckle. (I.e. so you’re working the tape in a figure-of-eight around the joint).
Tip: if you’re looking for a firmer and more protective solution for immobilizing the finger, a splint might be a good idea. Our Sugar-Tong Finger Splints will protect and immobilise the entire length of an injured finger.
Another Tip: if you need to achieve the opposite and stop your finger from fully extending, try this taping technique to hold the finger in a bent position.